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  • The Question (ID Number 707): In Ishmael, when you are talking about the cultural amnesia that afflicts the Taker society, you say that our cultural awareness only extends back to 1963. Why that specific year?


  • The Question (ID Number 705): Daniel, I've got a million questions for you... such as why you mentioned in Ishmael and The Story of B jesus' sermon on the mount("behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not nor do they reap..."), yet then you include him with the "salvationists"? In the bible (read post-Ishmael) jesus describes religious leaders as "the blind leading the blind, and when the blind follow the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." It just seems to me that the ideas of jesus were used by religions/salvationists to serve their own needs and all the while mother culture tells us that salvation and jesus are one and the same. Along the biblical theme Why no mention of john the "B"aptist? I understand now why jesus wished to be "baptised" by john the B, for when asked by the scribes who he was, john the B replies, "I am he who cries from wilderness." And thanks for going over the "great fall." Powerful story i had never "saw" before.

    But my real question is Have you ever realized how similar the concepts of Ishmael are to the music of the doors? "Cancel my subscription to the resurrection, send my credentials to the house of detention, i've got some friends inside... what have they done to the earth? what have they done to our fair sister? ravaged and plundered and returned bitter, stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and tied her with fences and dragged her down, i hear a very gentle sound we want the world and we want it NOW!" I hear parallels between Ishmael and much of the doors music. Is this a question you've been asked? Am i simply "seeing" Ishmael in everything?


  • The Question (ID Number 703): After reading My Ishmael, it has come to mind that there are a few questions about things that don't make sense. In the history of our culture, we were told by Daniel that the one's deemed as the managers of the food decided to lock the food up. In this decision, they have abandoned the law that states that a tribe will do what is best for the tribe. What has made them do such a thing when this law has been tried, tested, and true for millions of years? Would they not realize their error and the detrimental effects this is causing the tribe? As well, after locking up the food, wouldn't the tribe come together as a whole to extinguish these efforts for the good of the tribe? Those who would be hired as guards would obviously be only part of the community that they would need to convince that this is a good way to work things. How could they convince a whole tribe, albeit a large tribe, that locking up their food is a wonderful idea without any resistance or tribal community?


  • The Question (ID Number 700): What are your personal feelings about polygamy? On an Ishmael message board recently someone suggested that polygamy would chip away at the Taker worldview. My first reaction was that polygamy would be an irrelevant factor given what the Taker worldview actually is. But it was further suggested that polygamy means lack of ownership, more freedom, less control.


  • The Question (ID Number 698): Unfortunately, in my pursuit of a non-economical version of success, I don't find myself with really any extra money I can spend on books. So when I shoplift copies of Ishmael and Story of B from corporate bookstores and use them to spread the message, am I taking any food off your plate?


  • The Question (ID Number 697): I just read Ishmael and found it thought provoking in many ways. The central tenet seems to be that Taker culture, in its present course, has harmed and will eventually destroy the environment.

    I am familiar with much of the literature that supports this apocalyptic vision. However, I find Bjorn Lomborg's book "Skeptical Environmentalist," in which he discredits much of this premise, to be quite credible. My own research and observations put me in varying degrees of agreement with Lomborg.

    Do you have any comment on Lomborg's research and have you considered the possibility that your assertions of imminent environmental destruction are exaggerated or simply false?


  • The Question (ID Number 695): Daniel, I've got a million questions for you... such as why you mentioned in Ishmael and The Story of B jesus' sermon on the mount("behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not nor do they reap..."), yet then you include him with the "salvationists"? In the bible (read post-Ishmael) jesus describes religious leaders as "the blind leading the blind, and when the blind follow the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." It just seems to me that the ideas of jesus were used by religions/salvationists to serve their own needs and all the while mother culture tells us that salvation and jesus are one and the same. Along the biblical theme Why no mention of john the "B"aptist? I understand now why jesus wished to be "baptised" by john the B, for when asked by the scribes who he was, john the B replies, "I am he who cries from wilderness." And thanks for going over the "great fall." Powerful story i had never "saw" before. But my real question is Have you ever realized how similar the concepts of Ishmael are to the music of the doors? "Cancel my subscription to the resurrection, send my credentials to the house of detention, i've got some friends inside... what have they done to the earth? what have they done to our fair sister? ravaged and plundered and returned bitter, stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and tied her with fences and dragged her down, i hear a very gentle sound we want the world and we want it NOW!" I hear parallels between Ishmael and much of the doors music. Is this a question you've been asked? Am i simply "seeing" Ishmael in everything?


  • The Question (ID Number 693): Mr.Quinn I recently read Ishmael for a program on Civilization and History I am currently enrolled in and thoroughly enjoyed it; however I am aware that others are very critical of it. Some critics claim that the kind and gentle warning delivered in Ishmael is actually a wolf in sheep's clothing. In fact, some go as far as claiming it to be subversive Nazi propaganda. What would you say to these critics if given the chance?


  • The Question (ID Number 689): While reading After Dachau I began to wonder how the novel related to the stories of Ishmael as I'd heard it was a distant cousin of the trilogy. Eventually I gave up and just enjoyed the story. But, about a day after I finished, I realized that After Dachau was a long form, detailed example of how easily the Great Forgetting talked about in the trilogy could have come to be. Was this one of the intentions of the story, or am I reading too much into it. Alternatively, am I just dense in believing my discovery to be a revelation as opposed to an obvious conclusion.


  • The Question (ID Number 687): Parables and dialogue play a big role in your novels (more so than any modern writer I know of). Can you explain why?


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